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Fitness Retreats Going Away For A Gym Business Opportunity

Is There A Fitness Retreat In Your Gym Business Future? Here’s something different to consider offering to your members: Organize a fitness retreat. By this I mean a trip to a resort that is conducive to fitness and travel as a group and deliver a suitable set of fitness classes and activities. What would it take to set up a new part of your business that specializes in traveling with members to distant locations and hold classes and activities with them as paying guests? A retreat can be a service that is very profitable. Set Up Promotion And Process Bookings [...]

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The Diversity Bull In The China Shop

Some Thoughts Based On Recent Events Human resources issues may seem like a long stretch for the Gym Insight Blog but this is a serious set of issues that could easily cause any small business to lose the farm. I’m talking about the fast changing and very sensitive issues of equality and diversity in the workplace and the gym. Recent incidents in fitness centers, where the key issues were the poor handling of diversity and the rapidly evolving legal environment, have made this something that every gym owner should be prepared to confront. That basically means getting along with people [...]

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The Latest And Greatest In Commercial Gym Equipment

The Rise Of The Machines The basics of fitness and gym equipment are essential for a professionally operated gym. They are useful tools for the modern workout routines centered on body weight training. They have not changed in years, which is part of the attraction for some fitness enthusiasts. Some of the commercial gym equipment items that you should be thinking about presently are not much more than gym tools. Programs that use simple equipment in body weight training; such as climbing ropes, gymnastic rings and pull-up bars have been very successful in the last year. One example of this [...]

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Social Supports Your Gym Business As An Interconnected Community

If you don’t yet have a social media presence for your gym, you really should start now. Your business might have a passionate and active membership out there on Facebook or Twitter, just waiting to engage through social media as a community. Of course, that’s the holy grail of social media in business; you want to use social to drive your business. Realistically, you’re probably going to have to work at it a bit but once it picks up momentum it’ll be much easier than doing promotion all by yourself. Your gym has a community of members and employees. People [...]

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Health Club Promotions That Give Back

The Memorial Day Weekend is approaching as I write this and I am reminded that those who served our country are among the most deserving of our support. When it comes to charity donations gym and fitness center owners can make a great contribution by including marketing promotions that give back. I have a bias toward giving to veterans’ causes and I make no apologies for it. There’s a vast amount of need because, as a country, we’ve been asking so much of so many for so long now. It also troubles me to hear of the delays and shortcomings [...]

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Here We Go Again: New Years Issues And Beyond

The seasonal fluctuations of the gym business are familiar to anyone who’s been a member of a gym for more than a year. Gym owners and managers are even more acutely aware of the seasonal changes in the business because of the changing stress levels that go with the seasons. Gyms have an annual ebb and flow, with a peak of activity with the New Year. It’s the most hectic time with all of the hustle and bustle of resolutions being fulfilled in the form of good intentions and new memberships. Issues of The Resolution Cycle There are a couple [...]

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Best Types of Music to Play at the Gym

As a gym owner, you would already know that the music you play at your gym defines the ambiance and affects the level of motivation for your members. With different personalities coming to your gym, you are probably having a hard time trying to keep everyone happy with the type of music you play. While hardcore bodybuilders are likely to prefer rock and heavy metal, others might be more comfortable listening to pop and blues. The choice of workout music can also differ a lot according to each type of exercise. When deciding which music or radio station you should [...]

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Is Your Gym Offering 24-Hour Access Yet?

It seems like everybody has such a hectic schedule these days that more and more services have to be offered around-the-clock. Stores, gyms and even fast food restaurants are open 24 hours a day, to cater to the late-night crowds. Large numbers of people now work nontraditional hours. Shift workers like emergency services workers, doctors and nurses and security staff. Then, of course, along with the blurring of traditional work patterns, there are people who just prefer to be active at night. As a fitness club owner or manager it is very important that you capitalize on this market segment. [...]

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Minimalist Gym Menus Mean More Marketing Muscle

When it comes to signup time most gym membership prospects want easy choices. Then, of course, there are the more knowledgeable new clients, who know what they want and love to think they got a little something extra in the deal. As the gym owner or manager, you can play your cards close to your chest and make them all happy. This strategy sells more memberships and everybody wins. I’m a huge advocate of making things simple for gym members. When people apply for a fitness club membership they’re often looking to you to guide them to the right membership [...]

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Motivational Saying "It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been."

4 Tips on Using Memes & Motivational Quotes for Your Gym Business

Meme communication has a longer history than you might think.  This form of communication was first coined back in 1976 by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene.  Although the concept is not new, its effects have been consistent throughout generations.  Memes always had a tendency to "spread like wildfire" or in this day and age, "go viral."  If you are just totally lost and wondering what on earth do I mean by meme, I will use trusty ol' Wikipedia to define it for you! "A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from [...]

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Personal Trainer Prep: 3 Questions a New Client Will Likely Ask You

You’d be forgiven for assuming that each and every professional working in the health and fitness industry today was of the same caliber, but you’d also be very wrong indeed. In reality, the differences can be night and day which for clients and customers can mean the difference between fast results and no results at all. So with this in mind, here are three questions clients are more than likely to ask any prospective personal trainer before they agree to sign up: What Qualifications do You Possess? Qualifications often amount to no more than words on paper, but in this [...]

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Best Health Club Locations

If you are planning on opening a health club, gym, or fitness studio, location is going to be vital for your new business. This is because people primarily choose health clubs that are nearest to their homes or those locations that are the most convenient and accommodates their daily routines.  Additionally, you will need to consider whether you will be buying or renting the commercial space. If you are opening a health club for the first time, here are some factors to consider on choosing a place that will set up your fitness business for success.  Which Part of the [...]

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The Benefits of Organic Juicing with Your Fitness Program

Organic juicing is a great way to consume vegetables and fruits that are needed to improve fitness levels. Generally, an individual must consume about five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Considering that your clients exercise on a regular basis, you can recommend them even more number of servings as their nutritional requirements would be greater. Replenishing the minerals and vitamins regularly after exercise is vital for fitness performance, recovery, and overall health. Organic juices are the ultimate fast food Organic juices have virtually zero fat and a lot of nutrients, which means the digestive system does not take long [...]

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Should You Add a Climbing Wall to Your Fitness Facility?

A rock climbing wall can be a fun, safe and interactive attraction for your gym or fitness facility, that will bring in potential members looking for something more than treadmills and weight machines.  There are a number of *companies out there who will design and build custom rock climbing walls for your facility, or sell you pre-fabricated, modular versions that you can have installed within just a day or two. (*I am not affiliated with any of them.)  Facilities that choose to utilize this feature will have to consider the following issues. First of all, expect to pay upwards of [...]

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Part III: Which is better…Gym Members Preference?

Do Gym Members Have a Preference When It Comes to Personal Trainers? Most gyms today offer some form of personal trainer. What some members may not realize is that gym owners have a choice as to whether they hire their personal trainers or use independent contractors to provide this service to their clients. In order to make the right decision, most gym owners want to at least acknowledge their members' feelings with regard to which type of personal trainer they would prefer to use. The question is not only one that must cover the preference of the gym owner, but [...]

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